Go World!

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After a round-the-clock watch fest of the Olympics, I am struck by how easily we can come together in the spirit of sportsmanship. Countries competing against each other in a battle for gold, silver and bronze, while respecting an excellent effort.

Now, I muse…

Why is it that when the Olympics are over, we can’t maintain this esprit de corps and voice our differences while respecting our individual points of view?

Perhaps, we should solve all our problems on the track, in the pool, or on the court.

Congratulations to Team USA! With special shout-outs to:

Michael Phelps (Swimming)

Dana Vollmer (Swimming)

Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics)

Men’s Basketball Team (and Coach K!)

Women’s Basketball

Women’s Soccer

Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings  (Beach Volleyball)

Ashton Eaton (Decathlon)

Allyson Felix (Track & Field)

Women’s 8 (Rowing)

Jamie Lynn Gray (Shooting)

Vincent Hancock (Shooting)

David Boudia (Diving)

The Bryan Brothers and The Williams Sisters (Tennis)

Kayla Harrison (Judo)

Jordan Burroughs (Wrestling)

Claressa Shields (Boxing)

Women’s Water Polo

The women rocked it this year!  Congrats to all!

F.L.O.W.

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Watched the movie “F.L.O.W.” (For Love of Water) last night with a friend. It almost made me cry. How can we let corporations pump our reservoirs, lakes and streams dry (for free) and then sell the water back to us at a huge profit?

I don’t get it. First we give corporations the same rights as humans then we allow them to rape and pillage us. I want to sail away to a remote island and forget this crazy society. We’re on the verge of a global water crisis, and shipping water from one community or country to the next is only making it worse, not to mention the abundance of plastic bottles everywhere.

I don’t want to get on the pulpit, I’m just saying that companies like Vivendi, Suez and Nestle need to take a look at their practices and start generating some good Karma for a change.

I think I’ll show this movie at an upcoming Acqua Muse event.

Thanks for listening, I’m going to take a deep breath now, before they start selling the air back to us in a bottle!

Summer Solstice

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Sunrise over Stonehenge on the summer solstice...

Sunrise over Stonehenge on the summer solstice, 21 June 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Summer to everyone!

The Muse spent the summer solstice with a group of wonderfully talented artists and musicians. We greeted the incoming season with a gratitude and meditation ceremony and set our intentions for the second half of the year. We had a “living art” corner where everyone could add their own touch to a canvas and the result was pretty amazing. The musicians performed and we even had a massage and reiki area. What a great way to spend an evening!

The Muse provided the water of course and everyone commented on how energized they felt after drinking the ionized water.

Blessings to all my new friends!

 

 

Is Earth Really All Water?

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I stumbled across an amazing article at UniverseToday.com about water. The article asks the question:

If you were to take all of the water on Earth — all of the fresh water, sea  water, ground water, water vapor and water inside our bodies — take all of it  and somehow collect it into a single, giant sphere of liquid, how big do you  think it would be?

The answer:

Not that big. According to the U. S. Geological Survey,  you’d have a blue sphere less than a third the size of the Moon.

The large sphere represents all the Earth’s water while the small sphere represents the drinkable (fresh) water.The image really emphasizes that fact that we must protect our water supply.

Something to consider!

Medium-sized sphere = Earth’s liquid fresh water in groundwater, swamp water, rivers, and lakes. Smallest sphere = fresh water in all the lakes and rivers on the planet. Image via Jack Cook/WHOI/USGS

One Day on Earth

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I’m excited to hear that the film One Day on Earth is coming to LA from June 22-28!

If you’re not familiar with the project, here’s an excerpt from the site:

Founded in 2008, One Day on Earth’s first media creation event occurred on 10.10.10. The collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occuring in every country of the world. It created a unique geo-tagged video archive as well as an upcoming feature film.

Together, we are showcasing the amazing diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that occurs in one day. We invite you to join our international community of thousands of filmmakers, hundreds of schools, and dozens of non-profits, and contribute to this unique global mosaic. One Day on Earth is a community that not only watches, but participates.

The videos from 11.11.11 are still being edited, but the screenings of the 2010 videos premiered in April. There will be a screening at the Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles from June 22-28. Click here for ticket info.

One Day on Earth movie poster

Health Secrets of the Hunzas

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Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer, began looking for the mythical ”Fountain of Youth” in the 15th century. In more recent times, a Romanian scientist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Henri Coanda became totally intrigued with the longevity of the Himalayan Hunza people who regularly live to between 120-140 years of age. These people are not the product of legend, nor is the country they inhabit a mythical utopia. The Hunza Valley located at 7,999 ft. in northern Pakistan is surrounded by the Himalayan mountains which rise above 25,000 ft.

For over 60 years Dr. Coanda and his protege Dr. Patrick Flanagan have studied the Hunza people and their lifestyles. Dr. Coanda’s comprehensive study led to his conclusion that the Hunza’s drinking water had a different structure and composition that was responsible for their noteworthy longevity. Their water source came from the high Himalayan glaciers and it definitely had a measurably different viscosity and surface tension. They found this water had a high alkaline pH and an extraordinary amount of active hydrogen (OH- ions). This “Hunza” water also had a high, negative Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) as well as a high colloidal mineral content.

In addition, Hunza food is completely natural, containing no chemical additives whatsoever. The only “processing” consists of drying some fresh fruits in the sun, and making butter and cheese out of milk. No chemicals or artificial fertilizers are used in their gardens. They spray their trees with a mixture of water and ashes, which adequately protected the trees without poisoning the fruit and the entire environment. In a word, the Hunzas eat as they live – organically.

A Typical Hunza Millet Bread Recipe:

1 cup Millet flour
1 cup grated carrots
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vegetable salt/iodized salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
Combine in Bowl: flour, carrots, oil, honey and salt. Mix well, then stir 3/4 cup of boiling hot water* into the mixture. Beat the egg yolks well adding 2 tbs. of cold water, continue to beat and then add to the mixture. Fold in stiffly beaten eggs and bake in a hot oiled pan at 350oF for about 40 minutes.

*The water that the Hunzas use is naturally ionized water. At home use Kangen Water®, ionized alkaline water.

Water: The Great Mystery

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Just watched the documentary Water: The Great Mystery directed by Julia Perkul and Anastaysia Popova. It’s a bit difficult to explain but basically the premise of the film is that water is the most unique substance on Earth and perhaps in the universe. Besides, it’s ability to exist in three states – sold, liquid and gas, it covers over 70% of the planet and makes up over 70% of our bodies. So, I guess, yes, water is indeed important.

The interesting part was the theory that water has memory. One of the featured scientists in the film is Dr. Masaru Emoto whose studies show that thoughts and feelings affect physical reality. He says that water takes on the emotions of its environment. Our intent (thoughts), words, ideas and music have a profound healing or destructive effect on the water. So, if you send water happy thoughts it’s molecules look different than if you send it negative thoughts. These are a couple of his photos.  The first photo is of toxic water from the Fujiwara Dam in Japan. the second picture is the same water after the monks prayed over it.

Toxic Water from Fujiwara Dam, Japan

Fujiwara Dam water after prayer


I tried to do at home. I started talking to my water, telling it I loved it before I drank it. I have to admit I did feel better afterwards. Who knows? Could be something to it. I hope so. I’m going to think “I should have a raise.” and give a glass to my boss!  :0

If you want to watch the documentary, you can see it online here.

Have a great week.

I leave you with a happy thought!.

Happy Water Molecule

World Water Day Recap

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Since we just started this blog, we didn’t have an opportunity to talk about World Water Day.

International World Water Day is held annually on March 22. The day was designed by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. This year’s topic was “Water and Food Security.”

Did you know that…?

It takes about 1500 liters of water to produce 1 kg of wheat, but it takes 10 times more to produce 1kg of beef.

Score one for the vegetarians.

It takes 1,000 times more water to feed people than to satisfy their thirst.

So when you told your mom you were hungry and she said drink a glass of water…she was right.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations hosted the official ceremony of UN-Water World Water Day 2012.

Some important issues that were presented at this year’s event.

Drought is still the #1 problem

Drought ranks as the single most common cause of severe food shortages in developing countries. Drought caused more deaths during the last century than any other natural disaster, and Asia and Africa rank first among continents in the number of people directly affected.

Estimates suggest that 30% to 50% of food produced is lost and/or wasted

By 2050 the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion, a 50% increase compared to 2000. During the last few decades, unprecedented increases in food production have been accomplished. Little attention has, however, been devoted to the actual use of food produced.

We must be keen conservators of our water if we want future generations to live a full and healthy life. Greenpeace recommends these action steps to start your personal water advocacy program.

Check out these additional resources:

Saving Water from Field to Fork

If you really want an in depth analysis of our world water usage, how water is used to provide our food, and how to reduce food waste and reduce our water footprint, read this 36 page report from the International Water Management Institute.

“Taste the Waste” – Documentary by Valentin Thurn

A documentary about the worldwide destruction of food. Why do we throw away so much? And how can we stop this kind of waste?

Welcome to Acqua Muse!

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Thank you for stopping by.

We’re just getting started but bookmark our page and come back to watch us grow. We’re located in Southern California but we welcome anyone from around the world to chat with us.

Our primary focus is water. Why? Our world is facing a global water crisis. Only 3% of the world’s water is drinkable and a good portion of that water is polluted.

Like air and food, water is essential for life.

What will we be talking about?

Healthy drinking water… Cleaning up polluted water sources… Events that inform and entertain while supporting personal health and a healthy and sustainable environment.

We invite your comments. Let us know what you’re doing in your community to promote a healthy lifestyle and a clean, green world.